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Gardener wanted?

By Madam Cholet - 20 September 2010 17

Over the last two years my Mr Cholet and I have become woeful at keeping our garden tidy, partlydue to throwing a small child into the mix, but mainly because we are probably just too pooped to fit in a good days gardening at the weekend. In the last few weeks because of the rain our yard become a jungle – no good for said small child to romp in.

Mr Cholet finally pulled out the mower on Saturday, only to get halfway through and have it die on us. So now we have half a jungle.

Does anyone know of a good gardener or gardening service on the southside of town that does regular maintenance? We need someone to keep the lawns down and generally keep things tidy around the borders including pulling out weeds where they may be proliferating as I don’t believe that spraying should be the first option. And maybe even some recommendations as to what plants would thrive where would be good too.

I have been stung once before by someone I found in the local rag purporting to offer all types of gardening services. $350 later, he had barely done what we discussed. I have a guy from Jims Mowing coming to give a quote, although on questioning about their “general maintenance service” he seemed to baulk at throwing weeding into the bargain.

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Gardener wanted?
geetee 5:18 am 12 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

Try http://www.greyarmy.com.au

thatsnotme 6:32 pm 11 Jun 12

Just curious, how big an area are you looking to keep maintained? 4 hours a month in summer and 1 hour a month in winter seems like an awfully short amount of time to keep anything but a very small garden in check. I know that in the past couple of years in summer, if I miss a weekend’s mowing, things start to get out of hand. Same goes with weeding – and even at this time of the year, I’m seeing weeds poking up a week after doing a thorough job of getting rid of the buggers.

With the amount of time you’re talking, I’m not sure you could expect much more than what you’ve described as getting lately. Believe me, I constantly under-estimate how long it’s going to take to properly deal with parts of the garden. What I think will take me half an hour, takes one and a half.

I think for the level of service you seem to be looking for, you will need to budget for your gardener taking more time.

thy_dungeonman 6:11 pm 11 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

OK, attempting to resurrect this post as second gardener since this date is of late not really fitting the bill.

What we want is about two hours work front and back twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. What we are finding is that we get one hour of work in the winter – so just enough to notice he’s been, and in the summer all of the time seems to be filled with mowing and edging. I will admit it looks tidier, and that sometimes there is a bit too much children related detritus around that probably may hamper a corner or two, but it’s obvious that certian sections are ignored time after time – even if we have pointed them out. Don’t mind having to leave a note sometimes to ask for extra jobs to be done, but is it really too much to ask that your gardener has a it of vision and perhaps suggests what needs to be done so you can make a decision on it.

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

I’m sure in the nearish sort of future we will take our garden on again, but until that time, this is what we are in need of.

Does anyone know of a gardening service provider who does a bit more than general maintenance, doesn’t mind getting down on hands and knees to pull out a few weeds etc or make suggestions on what should be where etc? Or is this just asking too much? I don’t think it’s a landscape gardener sort of job because we want it to be ongoing.

I might be able to help you out, I’m not a professional, but I have helped my parents recently to completely transform the front and back gardens. I’m don’t have great plant knowledge, my parents did the plant selection whereas I did the rest of the work, such as digging, mulching, shoveling gravel, building mounds, planting, putting irrigation together, weeding etc. I can also doing mowing and trimming (using my own tools) and I’m not so picky as to avoid getting down and doing the actual weeding amongst the plants. I can also prune bushes and tree limbs (we recently cut back our trees to allow more sunlight) and I know how to make compost. As long as you can provide clear instructions I should be able to do what you require.

DrKoresh 1:50 pm 11 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

OK, attempting to resurrect this post as second gardener since this date is of late not really fitting the bill.

What we want is about two hours work front and back twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. What we are finding is that we get one hour of work in the winter – so just enough to notice he’s been, and in the summer all of the time seems to be filled with mowing and edging. I will admit it looks tidier, and that sometimes there is a bit too much children related detritus around that probably may hamper a corner or two, but it’s obvious that certian sections are ignored time after time – even if we have pointed them out. Don’t mind having to leave a note sometimes to ask for extra jobs to be done, but is it really too much to ask that your gardener has a it of vision and perhaps suggests what needs to be done so you can make a decision on it.

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

I’m sure in the nearish sort of future we will take our garden on again, but until that time, this is what we are in need of.

Does anyone know of a gardening service provider who does a bit more than general maintenance, doesn’t mind getting down on hands and knees to pull out a few weeds etc or make suggestions on what should be where etc? Or is this just asking too much? I don’t think it’s a landscape gardener sort of job because we want it to be ongoing.

Sounds to me you’re after an indentured servant more than a gardener. Lower your standards or be prepared to pay someone the same scale as the work you want.

mp2615 10:43 am 11 Jun 12

Hi Madam Cholet,

One of my friends who is a bit past gardening for herself uses a guy who does the lawns, prunes, weeds etc. He has also eradicated her cotoneaster (?) problem. Very reliable and does a good job. His number is 0406 227 772. Mark. from Mow and behold.

Madam Cholet 9:40 am 11 Jun 12

OK, attempting to resurrect this post as second gardener since this date is of late not really fitting the bill.

What we want is about two hours work front and back twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. What we are finding is that we get one hour of work in the winter – so just enough to notice he’s been, and in the summer all of the time seems to be filled with mowing and edging. I will admit it looks tidier, and that sometimes there is a bit too much children related detritus around that probably may hamper a corner or two, but it’s obvious that certian sections are ignored time after time – even if we have pointed them out. Don’t mind having to leave a note sometimes to ask for extra jobs to be done, but is it really too much to ask that your gardener has a it of vision and perhaps suggests what needs to be done so you can make a decision on it.

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

I’m sure in the nearish sort of future we will take our garden on again, but until that time, this is what we are in need of.

Does anyone know of a gardening service provider who does a bit more than general maintenance, doesn’t mind getting down on hands and knees to pull out a few weeds etc or make suggestions on what should be where etc? Or is this just asking too much? I don’t think it’s a landscape gardener sort of job because we want it to be ongoing.

YoungAndVocal 2:00 pm 24 Jun 11

Coming onto the bandwagon a little late, but I heard about escape gardens a little while ago. From what I have heard they can offer advice and source suitable plants. http://www.escapegardens.com.au/index.php

Dazzlar 4:49 pm 20 Sep 10

Matt Bligh does a good job, ph 0413 172 182 and he is on the Southside.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:02 pm 20 Sep 10

For the mowing side of things, just ask if any of the local kids want to make some money. Run the mower round the front and back once a fortnight, I dunno, $25?

(If you’re looking for a lawnmower, see if you can find a secondhand Victa Commando. Can’t kill them with an axe, guaranteed to start first time.)

nanzan 2:11 pm 20 Sep 10

We’ve just employed Steve from Baya’s Backyard in Palmerston. He’s just resurrected our front yard (and small back yard). Great, friendly service.

Amanda Hugankis 1:47 pm 20 Sep 10

I know a diligent fellow who works southside, he specialises in soft planting & pruning & has 25 years experience in Australian & English heritage type gardens. He’s quite in demand, but may be willing to quote – let me know if you’d like details.

Jazz 1:22 pm 20 Sep 10

Brian Welsh from Brian’s Home and garden has just cleaned up my place. Faced with completely overgrown back yard I decided on the prudent option to outsource and go to work instead. Was blown away by the result in just a day and a half. A genuinely nice guy too. He’s on 0409 126 804

Jungle Jim 11:37 am 20 Sep 10

Andrew Wain (part of Jim’s Mowing group) does great work for us on occasion. We’re in Wanniassa, so I assume wherever you are on the south shouldn’t be an issue.

You can contact him on 0418603116

Pommy bastard 11:32 am 20 Sep 10

Contact North-South contractors. They are a charitable organisation and do very good work.

41B David St
O’Connor ACT 2602
(02) 6205 1583

Cameron 11:17 am 20 Sep 10

Harry from Harry’s Handy Help does a fantastic job at awesome prices. Harry: 0403505714

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